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Fabric, Thread, and Needle Connection

JunkQueen | Posted in General Sewing Info on

This will be old-hat to many of you here on the forum, but I thought it might be helpful to people new to sewing. It’s a chart that one can print out showing which needles and threads work well with which fabrics. It’s certainly not all-inclusive, but it may be helpful to some.


I’d also be interested in hearing the comments and recommendations of the members of this forum.


  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    There are also usually instructions re thread/needle/fabric preferences and tension settings in the manual that comes with your sewing machines. 

    I don't consider myself a "brand name snob" but as time goes by I do tend to stick with what works best for me.  I still prefer the Schmetz needles although the shops have mostly switched to Klasse, which I'm not as fond of.

    I like Metrosene or Guitterman for most sewing projects. 

     I prefer Sulky or Madeira Rayon 40 or 30 wt. for machine embroidery. 

     YLI, Sulky, and Superior are my favorite specialty threads for couching, topstitching, serging, quilting, bobbinwork, etc. and I use a variety of thread weights for these techniques.  I especially love YLI Perle Crown Rayon and Sulky 30 wt and 12 wt. Cotton Blendables. 

    For regular serging, I usually use MaxiLock.   I also use everything fine metallic threads to heavy yarns in the loopers sometimes.  Wooly nylon is escellent when you need extra stretch or sometimes for a difficult rolled hem.  Superior Threads makes a Soft Serger Yarn that is excellent for baby stuff and very soft against the skin.

    YLI or Sulky make good invisible polyester threads. 

     There are other good ones out there, but these are consistantly my favorites and what I buy the most of.  Mary

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